Village People: Maribel Taboada, D89 Educator, Wins $10K Scholarship Award

Monday, November 12, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Maribel Taboada, left, recently received a $10,000 scholarship award. | District 89

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 teacher Maribel Taboada was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship award that will help her pay for an advanced degree in education.

The scholarship award was provided by Curriculum Associates — a company that designs print and online instructional materials, assessments and data management tools — and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Taboada has more than 18 years of education experience, including serving as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and a principal. Currently, she is D89’s director of bilingual services.

According to a joint statement released by Curriculum Associates and ALAS, Taboada expanding dual language education in the district, which is 60 percent Hispanic.

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Maribel Taboada, second from right, with the $10,000 check she received. | Photo provided

Taboada plans on pursuing an assistant superintendent position after securing her doctoral degree from Concordia University Chicago. She eventually wants to become a superintendent.

“I’m grateful to ALAS for selecting me to receive the scholarship,” she said. “It will support my dream of earning a doctoral degree and serve as a bridge to reach my goal of becoming a superintendent. By furthering my studies, I will have a greater impact on the students and community I serve.”

Taboada received her scholarship award alongside Roberto Rios, an educator with the Chualar Union School District in Chualar, Cal. Rios received a $2,000 scholarship award.

Nancy Lewin, the executive director of ALAS, called Maribel and Rios “dedicated education professionals,” adding that the scholarships “will make a positive impact in the communities in which they lead and serve.”

“In partnership with ALAS, we are proud to support the professional growth of these individuals as they continue their own educational journeys,” said Claudia Salinas, Curriculum Associates’ vice president of English learning. VFP

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